VICTORIA Police spent more than $1.25 million checking the private and business telephone records of an average of almost 140 people every day during 2009-10.
Did they gain this money from revenue raised in preventing Victorian's right to travel privately on the land?
But Chief Commissioner Simon Overland appears to have yielded to scathing criticism of police using phone checks to try to trace leaks to the media.
Mr Overland told the Herald Sun yesterday he had asked for a review of the force's approval process when authorising telephone record checks.
He said he had confidence in the integrity of officers authorised to approve phone checks, but wanted to "explore whether we need to increase our accountabilities in this space".
All police have to do to get call records from Telstra or any other provider is have an inspector, or anyone of higher rank, authorise their release by stating they are "reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law".